Somalia

  • January 25, 2012  

    Members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 staged a dramatic rescue early Wednesday, freeing two aid workers, including one American, held hostage by Somali captors. Jeffrey Brown reports on emerging accounts of another operation unfolded in secret — SEALs parachuting into Somalia, surprising sleeping captors and killing nine kidnappers. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2012  

    Members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 freed two kidnapped aid workers, including one American, early Wednesday — whisking them away from their captors in Somalia. Jeffrey Brown discusses the kidnappers’ motives and how the operation unfolded with NPR’s Tom Bowman and the Atlantic Council’s Peter Pham. Continue reading

  • December 9, 2011  

    In other news Friday, the family of missing retired FBI agent Robert Levinson has released a video sent by his unidentified captors, in hopes of helping to free him. Levinson vanished in 2007 in Iran. Also, Iranian state television showed pictures of what it said was a largely intact U.S. drone in its possession. Continue reading

  • November 18, 2011  

    In other news Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron appealed for decisive action to contain Europe’s debt crisis, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned against doing too much, too fast. Also, U.S. and U.N. food agencies reported that the number of famine zones in Somalia has been cut in half. Continue reading

  • November 14, 2011  

    Kenyan troops have been drawn into the civil war in Somalia between the government and al-Shabab militants as desperate refugees flee to Ethiopia to escape violence and famine. Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from a refugee camp near Dolo, on the Ethiopian border with Somalia. Continue reading

  • October 31, 2011    

    The humanitarian crisis in Somalia continues to deepen by the day. A recent spate of kidnappings of relief workers is preventing aid from reaching those most in need, and now troops from neighboring Kenya have entered Somalia to try to push the militant Islamic group al-Shabab away from its border. Continue reading

  • October 17, 2011   BY  

    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers monitors the deaths of journalists related to their work all around the world and recently released its list for 2011 to date. We illustrate some of the top countries here. Continue reading

  • October 4, 2011  

    A truck bomb rammed a checkpoint Tuesday near the education ministry in Mogadishu, Somalia, as students and parents were crowding in to learn about scholarships. Ray Suarez reports on the deadly attack by al-Shabab — an al-Qaida-linked militant group. Continue reading

  • October 4, 2011  

    Al-Shabab took responsibility for a truck bomb that rammed a checkpoint Tuesday near the education ministry in Mogadishu, Somalia, as students and parents were crowding in to learn about scholarships. Ray Suarez discusses that attack that killed at least 70 people with Reuters’ David Clarke, reporting from Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading

  • October 3, 2011    

    Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is considered one of the most dangerous, lawless cities in the world. AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades are sold openly at weapons markets, insurgent and government forces fight each other regularly in the streets. Years of civil war … Continue reading